We all know what a DJ or Disk Jockey is. That’s the person who plays background music to which crowds or guests will either dance, mingle, say their vows or simply listen and vibe with. Music is a powerful tool which can set the tone of an event and control its environment as well as the emotions of the crowd. Music sends messages to the subconscious mind. Happy music can encourage joy, laughter and have a ‘good-vibes’ effect on people. EDM (Electronic Dance Music) funk, R&B and Latin music are all beat and groove based genres which have an immediate and almost uncontrollable dance-effect on people, making it hard even for the self-proclaimed non-dancer to avoid moving to. Soft, thoughtful and melodic music has a way of connecting people with their deeper emotions, making them more vulnerable and sensitive.
The most important element of a DJ’s job is what they call ‘reading the room’. A good DJ will be able to connect with the audience while in action and choose the next song to be played based on the existing vibe set by the audience. If they sense that the energy levels are low, they may choose a slightly different direction to bring those levels up, while also considering choosing a softer direction in order to put an overly-hyped audience into a more subtle state.
It is important to remember that there are many different kinds of DJ’s, catering for different type events. Fact of the matter is, in order to cater to a large variety of events, you need to own a ridiculous amount of music. Some DJ’s are collectors in nature and therefore can adapt and serve to a larger clientele. However, most DJ’s have a specialty which defines their area of musical interest, passion and expertise.
If you want people to dance no matter what, it is recommended to hire a party DJ or a club DJ which has experienced in making people happy on the dance floor. If your event is a corporate event intended for mingling then you need a DJ for a cocktail party or DJ for a business reception, one with a top-notch professional demeanor, who could play a variety of loungy genres ranging from Jazz and blues to ambiance and contemporary. Are you throwing a kids’ birthday? Then definitely go with a DJ that has experience catering to children of a certain age group, and can play anything from entertaining children tunes for toddlers to the most up-to-date popular teeny-bop hits for a sweet 16. Being that weddings tend to bring together an especially diverse crowd, if you are looking for a DJ for a wedding, it’s best to go with an experienced wedding DJ with some proven track record, as he will know how to consider the musical preferences of the happy couple, while still pleasing the vast majority of the crowd by picking the best tracks from different eras and genres to match different age groups and ethnicity.
If you went to a certain length to design your event to a specific theme, it would be wise to hire a DJ who can stretch themselves to your theme. For instance a DJ with interest in Country music will fit well if you’re planning a country hoe-down party, and would pair well with a line dancing instructor for children or adults. When you think of a DJ today, in most cases the old-school image of turn tables and sexy vinyl no longer applies. However, if you are looking to give your event that unique vintage feel, why not go for a vinyl Party and find a vinyl DJ specializing in 40’s, 50’s, 60’s or 70’s music and ask your guests to dress accordingly. Vinyl is also quite common in the R&B (rhythm & blues) world, so if you’re looking to bump-n-grind and have the right audience hooked to their baggies and bling – That might be your way to go.
Some DJ’s like take their services to the next level by offering different collab-combos such as having a guest singer exit in the middle of the night singing some of the tunes live, much to the delight of the crowd. Similarly, you could intertwine unique rhythm drumming alongside the DJ stand, or a live sax player belting out some magnificent instrumental solo parts. A live beat-boxer can be a great addition to hype-up the vibe of an R&B party, or maybe a manic break-dancing duo. Another brilliant combo is allowing for a led hoola-hoop dancer to suddenly take over the floor and grab everyone’s attention. When it comes to combining a live DJ with live entertainers – let your imagination run wild, and you’ll be one step closer to creating that epic moment your guests will keep on buzzing about for a while.
Whatever party you’re planning – We’re sure it’s going to be great with the right DJ on board. We are here to offer any advice to lead you in the right direction. If you need any further information on choosing the right kind of DJ service for your corporate party or private party, don’t hesitate to use the contact form below and contact us directly.